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  • This Duck was meant to fly: the inspiring story of Anaheim's 21st player

    The Score "As a kid, Josh Manson would dart out the door, hop on his bicycle, and pedal down a Saskatchewan dirt road to his grandparents' cabin. There, the future NHLer would often find his grandpa Harold fiddling around in the garage. The image, though simple, is forever etched onto Manson's..." October 16

  • NHL, SMT announce expanded partnership for puck, player tracking

    Sport Business "The National Hockey League has expanded its 20-year partnership with real-time scoring system provider SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), which will now also become the league’s puck and player tracking partner. The puck and player tracking technology is designed to aid the..." October 11

  • Dallas Eakins has winning formula for Ducks "Troy Terry is a Dallas fan, in more ways than one. He's named for Troy Aikman, the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback of his father's favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys. He plays for Dallas Eakins, who coached him with San Diego of the American Hockey League and now..." October 10

  • The NHL's three tiers of hatred

    ESPN "I watched a Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames game this week. Not by mistake. Not because I fell asleep with Center Ice streaming. I watched it because of pure, uncut, mutual animosity. The rivalry between Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Flames..." October 10

  • NHL teams are adding dogs to their rosters: Cute pooches are welcomed across the league

    USA Today "NHL teams are as thrilled to acquire a cute dog these days as they would be landing a scoring right wing. Ten teams now boast official team dogs, and that number may grow because team dogs are becoming as popular as players. “I can't tell you how many selfies our..." October 10

  • Anaheim Ducks Sign Benoit-Olivier Groulx

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though the contract had been reported several days ago, Benoit-Olivier Groulx has now been officially signed by the Anaheim Ducks. Groulx has inked a three-year entry-level deal, but he will remain in the QMJHL this season. Groulx plays for the Halifax Mooseheads and can’t..." October 10

  • Ducks recall Max Comtois from AHL; Sam Steel placed on injured reserve

    Orange County Register "Dallas Eakins cringed when asked why the Ducks would summon left wing Max Comtois from their AHL team, the San Diego Gulls, and not have him in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, the first game on their four-game trip. “Well, we need..." October 09

  • Gibson And Ducks Look To Be In Playoff Mix In The Dog's Breakfast That Is The Pacific Division

    The Hockey News "Among the things we probably didn’t think we’d see before the season would be the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks meeting in Week 2 with both teams sporting 2-0-0 records. But that’s exactly what’s happening tonight when the Red Wings host the Ducks. The..." October 08

  • New NHL rules forcing coaches to think twice before challenging plays

    Calgary Herald "Evidence of the National Hockey League’s new rules came in the pre-season, giving coaches everywhere a window into how they can approach the changes in the most advantageous way to their teams. The Detroit Red Wings were playing the Toronto Maple Leafs in their exhibition finale..." October 08

  • Top prospects eligible for 2020 Draft "Alexis Lafreniere is No. 1 in the inaugural ranking of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. The left wing, who plays for Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is expected to receive an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary Players to..." October 07

  • Anaheim Ducks Unknowingly Broke out a Strategy from the Mighty Ducks Movies

    Sports Gossip "The Anaheim Ducks have been around for a long time, and have done their best to separate themselves from Disney and the Mighty Ducks franchise. But fans noticed something during the game yesterday.  " October 07

  • NHL goalies must form quick bond with position coaches

    Nano News "The ability of a goalie and his position coach to form a quick and strong bond is crucial to success in the NHL. The narrative regarding goalies switching teams is often about the need to build new relationships within the locker room, establish communication and trust with a new set..." October 05

  • Why a grueling, 100-mile bike race is a perfect metaphor for Dallas Eakins

    ESPN "Dallas Eakins is used to these kinds of journeys. The ones that test your endurance. The ones that try to break your will. The ones where people doubt you can reach your destination, especially for a second time. The ones where you constantly battle against the self-doubt that they're..." October 04

  • Ducks must change undisciplined culture in 2019-20

    Anaheim Calling "It’s a new era in Anaheim, and with change comes an opportunity to alter a culture that for far too long has set itself back with undisciplined play. While the Ducks have been one of the NHL’s best over the last 15 years in terms of wins and losses, they’ve been one..." October 04

  • 2007 NHL Draft Take Two: Twenty-First Overall Pick

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Hindsight is an amazing thing, and allows us to look back and wonder “what could have been.”  Though perfection is attempted, scouting and draft selection is far from an exact science and sometimes, it doesn’t work out the way teams – or players –..." October 04

  • Why goals are rising in the NHL ?— and can we expect more in 2019-20?

    Sportsnet "Coming out of the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL made a concerted effort to crack down on obstruction, which immediately led to more goals in that first season. But this didn’t last and the NHL went from a league that dramatically increased its goal total to one that was losing offence every..." October 04

  • John Gibson eager for bounce-back season with Ducks "When John Gibson reflects on last season, the Anaheim Ducks goalie understandably can't get past the worst stretch of his NHL career. From Dec. 18 to Feb. 9, Anaheim went 2-15-4 to fall from 19-11-5 to 21-26-9 and end any realistic chance it had of qualifying for the..." October 03

  • NHL’s New Faceoff Rules: ‘Offensively, It's The Best Rule Ever, Defensively, It Sucks’

    The Hockey News "When a team starts play with the puck in the offensive zone, it can lead to really good things. Like goals. That’s why the NHL tweaked its rules over the summer to allow attacking teams to choose the side of the ice on which they’d like to take the draw in four specific situations...." October 03

  • The Value of a Two-Way Forward in Today’s NHL

    SI "When Predators general manager David Poile thinks about the importance of two-way forwards, two names leap to mind. The first is Guy Carbonneau. Un bon choix. Thanks in part to Poile, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, the former Montreal center will..." October 03

  • Ducks goalie Ryan Miller, 39, explains why he came back

    Orange County Register "One day last spring, Ryan Miller laid his goalie pads on the ground as he might before a practice or a game and snapped a photo. He then sent it to Sudarshan Maharaj, the Ducks’ goaltending coach, who knew exactly what it meant. Miller wasn’t going to hang ’em up. He..." October 03

  • NHL 20 projects Bruins to win Stanley Cup "The Boston Bruins will be your 2020 Stanley Cup champions, at least if the EA Sports NHL 20 simulations are correct. NHL 20 unveiled its most recent projections, where Boston defeats the Vegas Golden Knights in six games in the Stanley Cup Final to take home the Cup for the first time..." October 02

  • How the NHL Is Working to Give Hockey a Grassroots Presence in China

    SI "Earlier this year, the NHL quietly made a pair of small but significant moves to grow its presence in hockey’s most intriguing market. The first was the hiring of Sandy Ma Yun, a veteran executive of the Chinese auto and motorsports industries, as director of international strategy..." October 02

  • Offence is on a steady rise in the NHL

    TSN "Offence, offence, offence. Since the 2004-05 lockout, the National Hockey League has observed an interesting – if gradual – change in scoring. In the early years immediately after the lockout, it seemed as though goals were nearly impossible to come by after the month of..." October 02

  • Trade candidates you’ll hear about during the 2019-20 NHL season

    Sportsnet "After a summer that saw Phil Kessel, P.K. Subban, Jacob Trouba, Nazem Kadri, Tyson Barrie, J.T. Miller, James Neal, Milan Lucic, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Faulk all traded, plus a pre-season chock full of rumours and speculation, the 2019-20 campaign is shaping up to be a fascinating one when..." October 01

  • NHL Should Allow Sponsored Logos on Team Jerseys

    The Hockey Writers "How do you grow revenue if you are the NHL? Continuing growth is rather difficult to do in any business and the way the NHL has gone about it has been rather smart with new partnerships, expansion franchises, and gambling partnerships. While new revenue sources are always difficult to uncover,..." September 30

  • Five second-year players that will have breakout seasons

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not every NHL rookie enters the league with a bang. Not everyone can put up 100-point seasons in their first year like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin. Some guys need that first year to get used to the pace of play at the NHL level. But a lot guys get a lot more comfortable in..." September 27

  • Jimmy Hayes, Griffin Reinhart Among Notable AHL Camp Invites

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s a position that no NHL veteran wants to find himself in, but sometimes it’s the only way to stay employed in North America. With NHL training camps starting to cut mass amounts of participants, AHL camps are opening for another round of evaluation and to prepare young pros for..." September 24

  • Ducks coach Dallas Eakins says roster spots will be earned, not given

    Orange County Register "Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf made his first exhibition appearance Saturday in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase skated on his wings as the Ducks played the second of their six exhibitions this month. Sam Steel skated between..." September 22

  • Dallas Eakins says Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is on board with new plan

    Orange County Register "Dallas Eakins has plenty of items on his to-do list before he steps behind the bench for the Ducks’ season-opening game Oct. 3 against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center. Getting captain Ryan Getzlaf to buy into his plan for the Ducks’ renovation effort isn’t one of them,..." September 21

  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19

  • 5 best goaltending duos in the NHL

    The Score "Load management has become one of the hottest topics in the modern NHL, with teams looking for new ways to gain an advantage during the regular-season slog. In 2018-19, we saw more teams shift toward a platoon between the pipes, and the need for multiple netminders who can handle a..." September 18

  • NHL Releases Detailed Rule Changes For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL’s Public Relations team has released a video updating all of the rule changes for the upcoming season, agreed upon earlier this year. The five-minute video goes in-depth on each change, noting that the focus was on expanded video review, promoting player safety and..." September 18

  • The Arbitration Proclamation

    Anaheim Calling "When Chase De Leo filed for arbitration in early July he put himself into an interesting position. Let me first say that he was one of my favorite players to watch last season. I love his speed, hustle and tenacity on the fore-check. He deservedly earned a pay-raise,..." September 17

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17

  • NHLPA declines option, CBA extends to 2022

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players' Association has declined their option to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, which will now remain in effect through the 2021-2022 season. The NHL declined their option to re-open the CBA in August, leaving the the..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 3 risky players to gamble on

    The Score "Every year, there are players fantasy owners avoid for one reason or another. Injury concerns, inconsistency, and adjusting to a new team can all turn a once-dependable name into anything but. Despite those factors, there are always a few players with particularly uncertain futures..." September 16

  • Ducks GM Bob Murray rips Ondrej Kase trade rumors

    Orange County Register "When Ondrej Kase and the Ducks returned to Great Park Ice for the second day of training camp Saturday, he ditched the yellow non-contact jersey he wore Friday. He donned a white jersey with his familiar No. 25 on the back and formed a line with Adam Henrique and Max Comtois. Another..." September 15

  • Fantasy: 4 goalies who could become studs

    The Score "Among all the positions in hockey, there's no question goaltenders take the longest to realize their potential. With so much uncertainty in the crease, it can be tricky to land two proven netminders come fantasy draft day. Sometimes an increase in opportunity or a change of..." September 15

  • NHLPA’s Decision To Re-Open CBA Will Be Announced Monday

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the NHL announced that they have formally declined using their opt-out clause to re-0pen the current CBA early, the NHLPA has until Sept. 15th to make their decision on whether they want to opt-out of the current agreement after the 2019-20 season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." September 14

  • Ducks' Patrick Eaves, Ryan Kesler will miss entirety of 2019-20 season

    Sporting News "Anaheim Ducks executive vice president and general manager Bob Murray announced Friday that forwards Patrick Eaves and Ryan Kesler will miss the entirety of the 2019-20 season. The team made this news public via a tweet as NHL training camps opened for the new..." September 14

  • Fantasy: 5 bounce-back candidates

    The Score "The following five players disappointed last season but are primed to bounce back in 2019-20: William Nylander, C/RW, Maple Leafs Nylander never got comfortable last season. He was mired in a contract holdout well into the campaign, ultimately signing minutes before the..." September 13

  • Ducks impressed by Tro Terry, Sam Steel at Anaheim Rookie Faceoff "Troy Terry and Sam Steel were among several of the Anaheim Ducks' top prospects called up ahead of schedule last season because of injuries and inconsistent play. But based on their performance during the 2019 Anaheim Rookie Faceoff, the growing pains felt as the Ducks missed the..." September 12

  • Ducks’ Ondrej Kase would provide exactly what Hurricanes need

    Yahoo! Sports "The loss of Justin Williams to semi-retirement was a blow the Carolina Hurricanes, who relied on him not only as a captain and leader, but also a player who provided plenty of value in almost all situations. While he was getting on in years, 2018-19 was one of Williams’s best..." September 12

  • Fantasy: 3 aging players you can still bank on

    The Score "Age should always be a concern in fantasy, but it shouldn't deter owners from drafting certain players altogether. While most veterans experience a natural decline in production after playing for a decade or so, some remain effective well into their 30s for a variety of reasons...." September 11

  • Women officials thrilled by NHL experience "Four women officials had the career opportunity of a lifetime at NHL prospect tournaments this week, and each loved every second of it.  "It's more than I could have ever imagined," said Kirsten Welsh, a first-year official. "Incredible and a dream come..." September 11

  • Justin Faulk wants extension to approve trade to Ducks

    Orange County Register "If it’s the Monday before training camps open, then the NHL’s rumor mill must be cranked up to full speed. However, there is more than just idle speculation about a trade that would send defenseman Justin Faulk to the Ducks from the Carolina Hurricanes, according to a league..." September 10

  • Potential Justin Faulk trade wouldn’t solve Ducks’ problems

    Pro Hockey Talk "As soon as the Carolina Hurricanes signed Jake Gardiner to a four-year contract it seemed to be a matter of when, and not if, they made a move involving defender Justin Faulk. Faulk’s name has been mentioned in trade speculation for years now, and with his contract up after this..." September 10

  • Fantasy: 5 rookies who can make an impact in 2019-20

    The Score "It's difficult to break into the NHL and contribute right away. Most players need a year or two of experience before beginning to produce consistently, though a select few make an immediate impact. Here are some rookies who will be fantasy difference-makers in their first NHL..." September 10

  • KHL To Implement Salary Cap Floor

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The KHL’s Board of Governors was busy this weekend, discussing and ultimately deciding on a number of major issues. The league approved the use of “smart puck” tracking technology, distributed television revenue to each team, and formally open up investigations into both..." September 09